The Bowery Ballroom
Assembly of Dust

Assembly of Dust

Dave Diamond

Fri, April 12, 2013

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY

$18 advance / $20 day of show

This event is 18 and over

Assembly of Dust
Assembly of Dust
Assembly of Dust’s 2011 release Found Sound represents a “behind the curtain” look at a band that has garnered critical acclaim both for their studio albums and live performances. AOD’s crew secretly recorded the band 2007 New Years Eve performance in order to capture totally inspired, unfiltered versions of their best material. While the album maintains the high standard of song craft and lyrical depth that Genauer and Co. are known for, it separates itself from past efforts with an energetic delivery that showcases improvisational musicianship; music’s best kept secret may have just been found.
Assembly of Dust’s last album Some Assembly Required, fits nicely between Wilco, My Morning Jacket and Neil Young. It’s a star studded and purposefully constructed album featuring the likes of Richie Havens, Bela Fleck and Grace Potter. Genauer calls it the bands piece de resistance. “Found Sound” he explains “came about in almost the complete opposite way”
Genauer explains “Our front-of-house engineer, Jack Trifiro, recorded one of our shows without us knowing,” says Genauer of Found Sound. “He managed to sneak a full, multi-tracked recording session past us without us knowing. ” The group may have stumbled onto something unique in the music world – a defining moment that the band didn’t even know it recorded.
“When he revealed it to me years later it was like looking at a picture of the band taken with a spy cam” says Genauer. “Upon studying it, I found he had framed the shot well. No double chins.” He laughs. “The sound quality is fantastic. He captured a diverse collection of songs and a great performance through a crisp lens.”
Then there’s the guitar! While the entire band provides musical prowess, it’s the guitar work that shines through most on Found Sound. Adam Terrell’s solos rip through “Zero to the Skin” and “Borrowed Feat” (which one may proclaim “Stevie Ray Vaughn-ish”). “We have fantastic musicians in AOD – I don’t think that’s been as celebrated as my songwriting or lyrics,” says Genauer. “I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out Adam’s talent. He’s a soulful person and it comes out in his playing. I get goose bumps standing next to him on stage.”
With eight songs, Found Sound captures AOD’s disparate moods and musical moments. It boasts three songs that have yet to make it to an AOD studio album. The unreleased tracks include the extended, almost grandiose “Songbeard,” as well as the sunny, 70s country pop of “Long Dead” and the decidedly jaunty “Feline Disguise.” The band also deftly steps outside of their catalog with a nod to the Beatles in “Lady Madonna”
Found Sound comes off as a focused portrait (think of the audio version of Ansel Adams) of a band and their landscape . “It’s for the diehards” says Genauer. “We proved on our last record that we can write and record well crafted songs – people get that. It was nice to capture and memorialize a rippin’ live performance for ourselves and our fans.”
Anyone using Found Sound to speculate about the direction of the bands next studio record will be left without a compass. “We’ll more than likely take another flip flop approach for the next one,” says Genauer, laughing. “I’m hoping to try an acoustic-based record. Or maybe a collection of Tibetan throat songs and vegetarian spoken word… ”
Dave Diamond
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002
http://www.boweryballroom.com/